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LONDON (AP) - Prime
Minister John Major welcomed his
defeated rivals into his cabinet yes-
terday and called for a nation in
which all may prosper according to
"their talent, their application and
their good fortune."
"I don't promise you that it will
be easy and I don't promise you that
it will be quick," Major said outside
10 Downing Street after being con-
firmed as prime minister by Queen
Elizabeth II.
"If you forgive me," he added, "I
will go into No. 10 straight away
and make a start right now."
Major, at 47 the youngest prime
minister of the century, has dis-
played both talent and tenacity in
overcoming childhood poverty and
rising rapidly through the govern-
Hours after saying farewell to

Margaret Thatcher, Major announced
a new Cabinet lineup that reached
across the bruised wings of the
Conservative Party.
Chris Patten, the former envi-
ronment secretary and a Tory liberal,
was installed as chair of the party.
Douglas Hurd, who ran third in the
leadership race, was kept as foreign
secretary and Tom King stayed as de-
fense secretary.
The government also announced
yesterday that it was resuming
diplomatic relations with Syria,
completing a rapprochement which
began under Thatcher.
Major said he hopes to build on
the achievement of his predecessor,
who said in her farewell speech that
"we leave the United Kingdom in a
very much better state than when we
came here 11 and a half years ago."
"Now it is time for a new chapter

to open and I wish John Major a
the luck in the world," said Thatche ,
leaving Downing Street for a home
in suburban Dulwich.
Major said he wanted to "build a
society of opportunity."
"By that I mean an open society,
a society in which what people ful-
fill will depend upon their talent,
their application and their good for-
tune," he said.
"In particular I want to build
country that is at ease with itself, a
country that is confident and a coun-
try that is prepared and willing to
make the changes necessary to pro-
vide a better quality of life for all our
citizens," said Major.
Major is due to take his first turn
answering prime minister's ques-
tions in the House Commons today
one week after he announced he wa
a candidate for the job.

Economy suffers downturn,',
says Federal Reserve chair

Continued from page 1
a meaningful sense of belonging.
Their groups are dealing with tough
issues, by offering answers to to-
day's questions from religious per-
spectives, they say.
Elka Thomas, treasurer of Chris-
tians in Action (CIA), is one leader
who believes that her group's in-
crease in membership was a result
of "praying for more of an
opportunity to talk to people, and
share with them our faith."
Thomas said, "(CIA) provides a
community for Christians," and
added that her group draws interest
with speakers answering today's
challenging questions from a Chris-
tian perspective.

University alumnae Melodic
Marske of the Intervarsity Christian
Fellowship offered different reasons
for growth in her chapter. She be-
lieves that a growing number of
students are coming from "broken
families," and are looking for "good
relationships they can trust for four
years" and when they come to her
group's student-led bible studies,
which are held in almost every
dorm, they can find this
Before beginning their searches
for meaning and substance, the reli-
gious groups must find the students
to conduct the quest.
Groups publicize their meetings
in many ways, including skits on
the Diag, posters, and personal con-
tacts among roommates and hall-

Often members of religious
groups will invite friends to attend
meetings with them, and this is of-
ten attributed as the main means of
membership promotion.
Another form of promotion
among groups involves scanning
the religious preference surveys dis-
tributed in most dorms at the begin-
ning of the year and contacting stu-
dents who may express an interest
in what they offer.
Jim Kushner, former president
of CIA, contends that this year
more than others, many students are
coming to meetings on their own
instead of following invitations. He
attributes this new show of interest
to an "increased interest in spiritual
"We've gone through a time,"
Kushner said, "a materialistic time"
which did not answer the spiritual
questions asked by students, so
"Christianity is what they turn to."
"There's been a 'me-first' atti-
tude, and people are beginning to
realize that there is something more
than just themselves, more to life
than jobs and material needs.
People are beginning to pursue
avenues to fulfill these needs and
one of these is Christianity,'
Kushner said.
This rise in membership in reli-
gious interest may echo a similar
"movement," which Kushner said
was "part of the sixties revolution
and activism. A sizeable number of
hippies were looking for meaning
and some of them ('Jesus people')
picked up the Bible."
Although Kushner says there are
some differences between what he
sees today and that time, "there are
a lot of parallels."

Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said
yesterday that oil-price problems
from the Persian Gulf crisis have
pushed the economy into a
"meaningful downturn," confirming
private analysts' recession talk.
Appearing before the House
Banking Committee, he also said the
central bank can do little to cushion
the effect of higher oil prices on
Americans' standard of living.
Separately, the Commerce De-
partment reported that the economy,
as measured by the gross national
product, grew at a lackluster 1.7 per-

Continued from page 1
(MCC), a group representing stu-
dents at Michigan's 15 public uni-
versities, were worried earlier this
week that the bill would not pass the
Senate before the session ended. On
Tuesday, a Senate caucus decided to

only consider certain "essential" bills
before the end of the session, sched-
uled for Dec. 6.
"We ought to do what's crucial
and leave," said Senate Majority
Leader Phil Arthurhultz (R-White-
Arthurhultz said Tuesday that the
bill was not included among those

cent annual rate in the July-Septem-
ber quarter, even worse than the pre-
viously reported 1.8 percent rate.
Most private analysts believe the
economy has weakened sharply since
the quarter ended, an assessment
Greenspan confirmed. But he care-
fully avoided describing the deteriora-
tion as a recession, which is defined
as a contraction of six months more
in the GNP.
"All indications are that a mean-
ingful downturn in aggregate output
occurred as we moved through Octo-
ber into November," Greenspan told
the committee.

Greenspan said that "we won't
know whether it is the beginning of
a recession or just some aberratio
in economic activity, for quite a
while... We couldn't conceivably
know for certain until April or May
of next year."
Greenspan said that another
Commerce Department report yester-
day did not fit with the weak data.
Orders to U.S. factories for "big
ticket" durable goods, designed to
last three or more years, rose more
strongly than anticipated in October
jumping 3.6 percent, driven by or-
ders for automobiles and aircraft.
that the Senate planned to consider.
But Schwarz's decision to discharge
the bill from the Education and Men-
tal Health Committee will give the
bill an extra chance to receive con-
sideration in the Senate.
Kathy Swift, legislative director
for MCC, said the Senate's decisio*
was a welcome, but unusual one.
avoid the use of force or the act of
war," Qian told reporters.
At the United Nations, diplomats
were divided over whether China
would abstain, or eventually vote in
favor of the resolution after wringing
political concessions out of
"It seems rather clear that they're
not thinking of vetoing," said
British Ambassador David Hannay.


Continued from page 1
Iraq any time soon.
There also were appeals for peace
in Baghdad. Iraq's deputy foreign
minister urged Bush to open talks on
the Persian Gulf crisis, although he
did not offer concessions regarding
Secretary of State James Baker

has asked that foreign ministers rep-
resent their countries in the Security
Council for today's vote.
Before leaving Beijing for the
United Nations yesterday, China's
foreign minister, Qian Qichen, said
his country would not back the use-
of-force resolution.
"It has always been the position
of China to call for a peaceful set-
tlement of the gulf crisis and to

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Arabs in an attempt to rally support
behind a possible war.
Dina Khoury, LSA senior and

president of the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee
said there have been many recent
personal attacks on Arab-Americans
in Dearborn.
"Although I haven't heard of

Continued from page 1
measures such as warning provosts,
deans, and officers about the possi-
bility of a financial crunch and advis-
ing them to begin planning their de-
partment budgets accordingly.
"We recognize that a problem is
likely to be there and are working
with unit managers to find a way to
accommodate it," Womack said.
To counteract the possible state

funding loss, the University is also
stepping up efforts to increase pri-
vate donations and endowments.
In a fundraising campaign which
Duderstadt unofficially kicked off
two weeks ago, the University is
hoping to raise more than a half bil-
lion dollars.
Although the University is
preparing for a financial shortfall,
administrators are still fearful and
nervous about possible repercus-

When asked whether he was wor-
rying about the possible state fund-
ing cuts, Womack replied, "Every
day." .
The University, however, is not
the only state university whose ad-
ministrators are apprehensive about
the possible budget cuts.
Officials at Michigan State
University, Wayne State University,
Eastern Michigan University and
Northern Michigan University all
voiced concern about the effects state
cuts would have on their schools,
but were also unsure if the cuts
would actually be implemented. .
Mike Clark, director of commu-
nication at Northern Michigan

anything direct on campus, the pub-
lic is being influenced by mass me-
dia's dehumanization of Arabs,''
Khoury added.
University, said his school was acts
ing in a "frugal" manner but woulA
still hurt from the cuts.
In Lansing, the Michigan
Collegiate Coalition (MCC) - an
organization devoted to lobbying
state legislators for student concerns
and improving college campuses -
spent Tuesday talking to legislators
trying to convince them of the hard-
ship tuition increases will create for
MCC Chair Tamara Boatright, a
Central Michigan University stu-
dent, said the legislators reactions
ranged from "'I'll do everything to
help you' to 'Well, tough."'

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